All parents and carers will receive a letter this afternoon (Friday 20 March) and will be contacted by academy staff about the plans we have in place for each student from Monday.
Our academy will be open from Monday 23 March 2020 only to those students who have been identified by the government as part of designated priority groups (including the children of key workers). We have had to adapt our normal academy offer to reflect changes in available staff levels. The academy will only be open to small numbers of our students. Those students who are part of designated priority groups will have received a new timetable which will come into place from Monday.
We want to reassure you that our support for you and your child will not stop even if your child is unable to attend the academy. Every student who is continuing their studies and learning from home will receive a daily (Monday to Friday) phone call from a member of academy staff. During this call your child can share any concerns, discuss their home learning, ask for advice and let us know if they are having any problems with using the online learning system (Century).
For those of our students who are eligible for free school meals, we will be issuing a £3 per day food voucher, Monday to Friday, during term time. These vouchers can be used at local supermarkets. We hope you will support us and encourage our students to make healthy choices in the food they choose to buy with their vouchers. It is particularly important at the moment to eat well to stay well. Our academy staff can provide more information about the vouchers when they call you on Monday 23 March.
If you need to contact a member of the academy staff urgently during academy hours, please call the normal academy office number on 01449 613931.
We will also be actively monitoring emails; you can always email any member of the academy team at firstname.lastname@example.org
We thought it would be helpful to share a few links to support and advice for you and your family which may be useful in the weeks ahead:
Local Foodbank: Stowmarket Foodbank www.livingit.org.uk/foodbank T: 01449 774000
Citizens Advice: www.citizensadvice.org.uk
NSPCC Childline: www.childline.org.uk T: 0800 111
We have also listed lots of other Suffolk Foodbanks and support groups’ contact details in our special newsletter for parents/carers.
The Department for Education also operate a helpline for any parents, children or staff members who would like further advice. T: 0800 046 8687 (available Mon to Fri 8am to 6pm and on Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 4pm). More information for parents is also here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
We will be staying in regular contact with you throughout these challenging times. We will also continue to regularly update this website with news and information for you. We will make sure to pass on any further advice we receive from Suffolk County Council, Department for Education or Public Health England.